March 20, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Anticipation was a strong word used around the WCU football offices this week. Rain and thunder showers cancelled the first scheduled spring practice in full pads on Monday evening leaving the coaching staff and players alike anticipating Wednesday's on-field session.
Originally slated to be conducted in just shells - helmets and shoulder pads - the postponement of Monday's drill transferred that first fully-padded practice to Wednesday. Pads were popping on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field for the first time since the end of the 2012 season as the Catamount football team worked through an 18-session practice - its fourth of the spring - that spanned just over two hours.
The returning Catamounts worked through a mixture of individual position, unit and team drills including a team situational tempo drill near the close of practice. The final session was the "Cat Drill," tackling regiment with full contact.
"I thought it was a very spirited practice. I liked the enthusiasm and I liked the way our guys came out and worked today," said WCU second-year head coach Mark Speir on Wednesday's first fully-padded practice session. "We had a lot of good things on both sides of the ball, we've just got to get in there, watch the film and clean it up."
Speir and the Catamounts will practice on Thursday for the final time before the University's Spring Break which begins March 22 through March 31. WCU will practice in full pads on Thursday beginning around 5:30 pm before adjourning until a team meeting on Sunday, March 31.
The team will have 10 practice days in early April before the annual Spring Game event scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 pm.